Well the Hurricanes had been missing one thing all year…. a quarterback for their powerplay. Numerous players had been given a shot at the job but the Canes just didn’t have a pure offensive defensemen, now they do.
With the trade deadline looming in the WHL the Hurricanes didn’t waste anytime and completed another deal with the Vancouver Giants. Yet again the Canes were looking to add more offense, in the last deal with the Giants the Hurricanes acquired Jeremy Jackson who was the Giants leading scorer at the time. David Selthun, 19, is headed to the Hurricanes along with 15 year-old Brandon Sadlowski. Going to the Giants are veteran Warren McCutcheon and tough youngster Triston Grant. Grant and McCutcheon will add grit and size to the Giants.
Selthun is just what the doctor ordered for the Canes. He is downright offensive and will see his share of P.P. time in Lethbridge. Selthun was leading the Giants in scoring at the time of the trade with 35 points in 38 games. He was acquired last fall by Vancouver in the expansion draft from the Kelowna Rockets which is where he played his first 3 WHL seasons. The 15-year-old Sadlowski currently plays for the Fort Saskatchewan AAA Rangers where he is the captain.
Hurricanes coach Bryan Maxwell says that to snag a guy like Selthun they had to give up quality in McCutcheon and Grant.
The Hurricanes biggest need at trade deadline time was a veteran offensive d-man but even though they got one don’t be surprised if another move is made. Maxwell said that every team is going to be trying to improv Read more»
This year’s World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic were not impressive for the six Coyotes participants. The great thing about this tournament was that all six of the players are eligible to return to there respective teams next year in Canada along with new players who are signed, traded, or drafted up to next years Championships. Below is a look at each player in a summary of how they produced at the Championships this year. Enjoy!
Fredrik Sjostrom, Sweden – Fredrik ended the tournament up on a strong note with a couple strong games and sufficient playing time. Although Sjostrom didn’t register a point during the tournament, he was promoted to the second line during the 3-2 loss to team USA. Sjostrom showed strong play along the boards but didn’t receive much help from Daniel Widing or Par Backer, who had an exceptional tournament. The 6-foot, 195 lb., right wing from Sweden, finished the tournament with a plus two along with 11 shots on goal. Look for Sjostrom to have a great second half with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.
7 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 4 PIM, +2, 11 SOG
Ruslan Zainullan, Russia – Zainullan didn’t make a huge difference on a Russian team that beat Canada in the World Junior Championship finals. He remained on the 4th line the whole tournament with limited ice time in even strength and specialty teams. Ruslan will return to his team in Ak-Bars and hope to continue to make an impact their as he has so far this season. Don’t look at this is a bad tournament for Zainullan as he never had a chance to prove hi Read more»
On Jan. 9th the Hitmen played their 43rd game of the season and squeezed over .500 totaling their record to 21-20-2.
There are many other things for Hitmen fans to look forward to as Johnny Boychuk heads to Saskatoon to represent Calgary in the CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, which includes the top 40 draft prospects for the coming year.
The Hitmen raided the Prince Albert Raiders of a win on Jan. 11 winning at home 6-4.
The Rangers’ second round selection, 38th overall, was acquired by the Detroit Red Wings in 2000. With ex-General Manager Neil Smith already dealing the Rangers’ first round selection, which would have been eighth overall, to the Tampa Bay Lightning the previous summer in the package to move up and select forward Pavel Brendl fourth overall, the Rangers kept moving down in the draft.
Rangers GM Glen Sather dealt the 38th overall selection to the Red Wings in return for Detroit’s 2nd and 3rd round selections, 64th and 95th overall. In what was labeled as a “weak” draft talent-wise by many scouts and publications, the Rangers were willing to take a chance on players later in the draft who probably would not have much of a chance in the NHL. The Red Wings selected Tomas Kopecky, a highly-skilled C/LW from Slovakia, 38th overall. The Rangers’ first selection of the draft, which was already 63 picks old. An unfamiliar name then appeared: Filip Novak, D, Regina Pats (WHL), a small, albeit highly skilled, defenseman.
Now that the World Junior Championships have completed and most leagues are at the halfway point of the season, it’s time to readjust the Top 20 prospect list for the Pens prospects. And because of a graduation prospect, we have a new #1. First off, because of time played in the NHL, this prospects have been moving off the list to graduated status:
And now for the newly updated Pens prospect list:
Moves up to the first spot with the graduation of Kris Beech. Played well early in the season, was one of the only players on the team with a positive +/-. Play has slipped a bit lately, but still playing well for during his first professional season. Will be a candidate for a spot on the NHL team next season or a possible late season callup.